Monday Musings: 03.31.2014 Edition March 31, 2014Posted by Toy Lady in meal plan monday, Musings.
Boy, has it been a week or what? I, for one, will be MORE than happy to see the end of March!
I mean . . . for a minute there, I actually thought we were going to have spring – the snow had melted, the sun was shining, the bulbs were starting to come up, and the birds were singing! Geese were flying overhead – heading this way!
There were people in shorts (granted, young, kind of stupid people, but still).
The Jar even took his bone out to the deck on Saturday to bask and gnaw.
It was a beautiful thing.
That was Saturday.
Then, Sunday, we woke up to snow – not just a dusting, oh no. Measurable snow.
Enough so we had to wait for the plow guy to come by and do his thing in our driveway. THAT’s how much snow.
I mean, sure, we probably could have shoveled the half a foot or so in order to get out and go to the supermarket, but (a) the plowing contract goes through April 1, and it’s still March, darnit, (b) I’ve been sick, and Peeps is fighting off the same bug, and (c) it was that kind of snow known as “heart attack snow” – the kind that’s wet and heavy and, well, you’re just asking to hurt yourself when you go out and shovel it.
So here’s hoping April brings us ACTUAL spring this week, eh?
Speaking of Jarly and his bones, he’s accumulating quite a collection in the house of old bones.
Although he’s gotten used to lying out in the snow by now, he knows that, when he gets too cold, I don’t have the heart to make him leave his bone outside, so, once he gets the initial “ick” gnawed off, he usually brings them in and finishes them in the living room.
Peeps commented the other day that he might as well be leaving Legos lying around for us to step on!
I have to periodically go around and gather up all the old bones and get rid of them – generally when The Giant Toddler isn’t looking!
And once again, it’s time for the weekly menu plan.
This is such a tricky time of year to try to plan meals – it’s just starting to warm up, and we’re DYING to fire up the grill. But if we do, more likely than not, we’ll end up grilling in the rain. That’s no good!
However, we still need to eat, right?
Monday - Our supermarket has coho salmon on sale this week – and, since salmon’s good for us and all, we picked some up. Not sure yet what we’ll serve with it – probably broccoli and either brown rice or quinoa. We’ve only tried quinoa once and were . . . less than excited by it. I’d like to give it another try. Maybe.
Tuesday - We pulled some chicken tenders out of the freezer – we love this creamy garlic chicken with angel hair pasta – and we haven’t had it in AGES!
Wednesday - I few week ago, we bought two heritage pork chops from a farmer at the public market. Two HUGE pork chops. We cooked one that week, and the other went into the freezer – we’ll enjoy that this week. These chops were fantastic – it’s been YEARS since I’ve had farm-fresh pork, and boy, have I missed it! Small pan-roasted potatoes and some sort of vegetable on the side – the perfect mid-week meal.
Thursday - In a fit of “take THAT Old Man Winter” I made a pot of chili. A big pot of it. We had it Sunday, and there’s plenty left to reheat for Minimal Effort Thursday.
Friday - Which brings us back to pizza night - cheese and pepperoni for Peeps, ricotta and mozzarella for me, and Kong for The Jar. Such a nice relaxing end to a long week!
Be sure to click on over to The Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Plan post for loads and loads of other ideas.